This weekend was our son’s fourth birthday. From his younger sister he received a goldfish tank and we all took a trip to the local pet shop to purchase three new family members: Sugar-puffs, Muffin and Garage.

Gold fish are the archetypal children’s pet and I have fond memories of my own goldfish from years gone by. So in memory of my childhood fish here’s a little poem I wrote about them…[NB: no goldfish were eaten during the composition of this poem]

Marvin and Marlene
I have two orange goldfish
they’re called Marvin and Marlene.
It’s my job to feed them
and make sure that they’re clean.

It’s a pretty big responsibility
for someone small like me.
My dad says if I can’t manage it
he’ll have chips and fish for tea.

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